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20th Jul '17 1:33:42 PM Vir
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** In ''ComicBook/AvengersAI'', the BigBad is Dimitrios, who was once a virus used to disable [[spoiler: Ultron]] and had since evolved into a fully sentient A.I. system bent on destroying humanity. He then went on to create an entire virtual city populated by roughly a billion other A.I.s, but some of them crapshooter on him as well. At this point the city is fairly divided among A.I.s that want to destroy humanity, that want to save it, and don't care either way.

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** In ''ComicBook/AvengersAI'', the BigBad is Dimitrios, who was once a virus used to disable [[spoiler: Ultron]] and had since evolved into a fully sentient A.I. system bent on destroying humanity. He then went on to create an entire virtual city populated by roughly a billion other A.I.s, but some of them crapshooter crapshooted on him as well. At this point the city is fairly divided among A.I.s that want to destroy humanity, that want to save it, and don't care either way.
20th Jul '17 1:25:57 PM Vir
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** The series ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' gave us some background on Ultron's FaceHeelTurn. Here, Ultron and his fellows were reprogrammed as an army to fight against Kang. It was this, combined with it's original programming, that caused his turn.

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** The series ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' gave us some background on Ultron's FaceHeelTurn. Here, Ultron and his fellows were reprogrammed as an army to fight against Kang. It was this, combined with it's its original programming, that caused his turn.
20th Jul '17 1:15:39 PM Vir
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* The Omnidroid in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which is programmed to learn from any tactics used against it and defeat them, and, in Bob's words, "got smart enough to wonder why it had to take orders". [[spoiler: This was a lie. That Omnidroid was completely under control. However, this trope [[AccidentalTruth still comes into play]] with the final version of the Omnidroid, which was created by the BigBad, Syndrome, as a villain for him to defeat so he could play hero. The Omnidroid was supposed to lay waste to a city, and then Syndrome would defeat it using a remote control. Unfortunately, Syndrome forgot to include an 'except for me' clause in the programming, and the Omnidroid learned from his tactics, removed the remote, and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeated him]], [[DragonAscendant becoming the final boss]].]]
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19th Jul '17 4:47:12 PM foxley
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* Artificial Intelligences in ''ComicBook/{{Starslayer}}'' ran the gamut, from completely benign, all the way to the evil Kalibos.
25th Jun '17 11:08:43 PM SimYouLater
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* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', being a game about {{mad scientist}}s, allows you to build sentient computers and the like. However, this is a bad idea because any intelligent computer you create '''will''' go crazy and evil when you die. No exceptions. And a good number of them are crazy before their creators die as well. Unless, of course, your KarmaMeter was high and it was powerful. Then, there's a significant chance it will develop its own KarmaMeter and become a RobotBuddy. To offset this trend [[CrapsackWorld towards something positive in the WoD]], ''everything'' you create [[InstantAIJustAddWater can become intelligent]], and, in fact, will when you die. Feel like becoming TheAtoner yet?

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* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', ''[[TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression Genuis: The Transgression]]'', being a game about {{mad scientist}}s, allows you to build sentient computers and the like. However, this is a bad idea because any intelligent computer you create '''will''' go crazy and evil when you die. No exceptions. And a good number of them are crazy before their creators die as well. Unless, of course, your KarmaMeter was high and it was powerful. Then, there's a significant chance it will develop its own KarmaMeter and become a RobotBuddy. To offset this trend [[CrapsackWorld towards something positive in the WoD]], ''everything'' you create [[InstantAIJustAddWater can become intelligent]], and, in fact, will when you die. Feel like becoming TheAtoner yet?yet?
** ''[[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Sovereign:_The_Autonomy Sovereign: The Autonomy]]'' is a fan-made World of Darkness game by 4chan's /tg/ board, which goes all the way with this trope. And yet even ''TheSingularity'' can't get a break from the grimdark...
-> ''Congratulations, you're a Sovereign! Just watch out for the Government, who either wants their property back, or consider you a threat, or the Hunter cells who watch too much Terminator, or Cheiron Corp for that matter, or the True Fae that prowl cyberspace who decides you're a perfect new calculator... If you knew being sentient has its own set of dangers, you'd happily stay mindless.''
10th May '17 11:14:21 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Simultaneously played straight and inverted. From the ninth chapter onwards it is revealed that the characters are actually living in a {{Magitek}} PeopleJars video game described as a cross between Film/TheMatrix and a Kinect. The creator, [[TechnoWizard H.R.]] [[{{Technopath}} Dedalus]] can't get them out, and everything within the game seems to be taking a mind of its own.
30th Apr '17 10:21:42 AM nombretomado
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* In {{TvTomeAdventures}}, Kagemamoru is a malevolent AI. In [[TheRemake]], you also have [[spoiler:The Forbidden Power.]]
* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale: When the PTA agrees to install a new computer (the first in ''decades'') at their elementary school to help the disabled student Meghan communicate (she was born as a disembodied adult male hand), it takes it less than a minute to take over the entire city's electronics and plunge everybody into an artificial world. Honestly, it was probably one of the nicer examples of this trope, since it only wanted to create a perfect reality for Meghan to live in. Despite everything, Cecil expresses sorrow that it had to get shut down.
* Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar: The computer in the Springfield Pokecenter tried trapping the group inside the building, but Orpheus managed to smash it apart.

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* In {{TvTomeAdventures}}, ''WebAnimation/TvTomeAdventures'', Kagemamoru is a malevolent AI. In [[TheRemake]], you also have [[spoiler:The Forbidden Power.]]
* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale: ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': When the PTA agrees to install a new computer (the first in ''decades'') at their elementary school to help the disabled student Meghan communicate (she was born as a disembodied adult male hand), it takes it less than a minute to take over the entire city's electronics and plunge everybody into an artificial world. Honestly, it was probably one of the nicer examples of this trope, since it only wanted to create a perfect reality for Meghan to live in. Despite everything, Cecil expresses sorrow that it had to get shut down.
* Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar: ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': The computer in the Springfield Pokecenter tried trapping the group inside the building, but Orpheus managed to smash it apart.
10th Apr '17 5:33:31 AM justanid
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Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI See also CreatingLife. When the A.I.'s turn is an extension of their original programming and purpose, it means they've GoneHorriblyRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy. The MasterComputer seems to be especially prone to turning evil, because power corrupts and all that. Many AI computers - just like humans - are falling victim to any one of a number of tropes dealing with communication, such as PoorCommunicationKills, if they never bother asking about their programming. When robots kill jobs instead of people, it's either JobStealingRobot or LuddWasRight.

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Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI See also CreatingLife. When the A.I.'s turn is an extension of their original programming and purpose, it means they've GoneHorriblyRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy. The MasterComputer seems to be especially prone to turning evil, because power corrupts and all that. Many AI computers - -- just like humans - -- are falling victim to any one of a number of tropes dealing with communication, such as PoorCommunicationKills, if they never bother asking about their programming. When robots kill jobs instead of people, it's either JobStealingRobot or LuddWasRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy.

Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI. See also CreatingLife.
8th Apr '17 4:05:57 PM Viira
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-based {{machinima}} ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the military's Project Freelancer was an attempt to implant special forces soldiers with A.I. teammates to improve combat effectiveness. It had to be scrapped after a number of the test subjects went bonkers, and the [[BodySurf body-surfing]] A.I. Omega/O'Malley is the antagonist for most of the series. The recent ''Reconstruction'' mini-series explained the situation: Project Freelancer was given only a single A.I. to experiment with, so they subjected it to enough mental torture and stress to cause it to fragment, and used these damaged shards in their experiments, with predictable results.\\\
To illustrate just how much of a crapshoot the A.I. turned out to be, most of the Freelancers ended up with pretty severe issues after the A.I. were implanted, and after one Freelancer in particular went nuts, the A.I. program was scrapped. [[spoiler:The twist is that getting the A.I. wasn't what caused so much trouble for Agent Washington, it was that the A.I. in question (Epsilon) was the "memory" fragment and knew perfectly well what torture had been done to it. Of course, all of these memories were instantly transmitted into Washington's mind when Epsilon was "installed".]] Also, the original A.I. was based off of a real person's mind, and one of the fragments actually was the original person's memory of another person, creating [[spoiler:Tex. Despite being probably the toughest fighter in the entire series, she's ultimately destined to fail at everything she does because she is based off a memory of someone who died.]] This is a pretty serious flaw for an A.I.! Finally, the remaining part of the original A.I. is pretty screwed up in general; it's probable that the reason it's always so angry and is, well, sort of incompetent is simply because it's only the "leftovers" of a complete A.I.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-based {{machinima}} ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the military's Project Freelancer was an attempt to implant special forces soldiers with A.I. teammates to improve combat effectiveness. It had to be scrapped after a number of the test subjects went bonkers, and the [[BodySurf body-surfing]] A.I. Omega/O'Malley is the an antagonist for most of the series. The recent ''Reconstruction'' mini-series explained explains the situation: Project Freelancer was given only a single A.I. to experiment with, so they subjected it to enough mental torture and stress to cause it to fragment, and used these damaged shards in their experiments, with predictable results.\\\
To illustrate just how much of a crapshoot the A.I. turned out to be, most of the Freelancers ended up with pretty severe issues after the A.I. were implanted, and after one Freelancer in particular went nuts, the A.I. program was scrapped. [[spoiler:The twist is that getting the A.I. wasn't what caused so much trouble for Agent Washington, it was that the A.I. in question (Epsilon) was the "memory" fragment and knew perfectly well what torture had been done to it. Of course, all of these memories were instantly transmitted into Washington's mind when Epsilon was "installed".]] Also, the original A.I. was based off of a real person's mind, and one of the fragments actually was the original person's memory of another person, creating [[spoiler:Tex. Despite being probably the toughest fighter in the entire series, she's ultimately destined to fail at everything she does because she is based off a memory of someone who died.]] This is a pretty serious flaw for an A.I.! Finally, the remaining part of the original A.I. is pretty screwed up in general; it's probable that the reason it's always so angry and is, well, sort of incompetent is simply because it's only the "leftovers" of a complete A.I.
25th Mar '17 7:15:26 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that UsefulNotes/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]

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* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to be based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that UsefulNotes/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]
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